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08-18

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Two-Strike Approach: Autumn Leaves Must Fall
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Cat Garcia

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: In Charm City, Is Third Time a...
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Dustin Palmateer, Christopher Crawford and Scooter Hotz

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Life of Miley
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Dustin Palmateer, Wilson Karaman and Christopher Crawford

07-23

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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

06-28

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Cold Takes: Baltimore's Annual Surprise Party
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Patrick Dubuque

06-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
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Tim Britton

06-14

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Prospectus Feature: 365 Days of a Shortstop Revolution
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Aaron Gleeman

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough
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Nicolas Stellini

06-01

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Transaction Analysis: Only The Loney
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Bryan Grosnick

05-25

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Transaction Analysis: Return of The Freak
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Matthew Trueblood, Kate Morrison, Bryan Grosnick, Adam McInturff, Steve Givarz and Christopher Crawford

05-20

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Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Pole Odds Changes
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Matthew Trueblood

05-10

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Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected
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Doug Thorburn

05-02

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Transaction Analysis: Third Time's A Charm in Charm City?
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Dustin Palmateer and Christopher Crawford

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina
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Demetrius Bell

04-14

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Prospectus Feature: Bad Teams Don't Start 7-0
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Rob Mains

04-01

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Rumor Roundup: Panda Endangered
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Nicolas Stellini

03-28

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Rumor Roundup: Battle for Fourth Place
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Ashley Varela

03-16

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Rubbing Mud: Bring Back the Belanger!
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Matthew Trueblood

03-01

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Life at the Margins: Things Are Looking Upside
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Rian Watt

02-26

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Yovani Gallardo
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Doug Thorburn

02-26

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Prospectus Feature: The Status QO
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Craig Goldstein

02-24

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Transaction Analysis: Fowler Comes in Under Budget
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Matthew Trueblood

02-24

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Winter Is Leaving
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Doug Thorburn

02-22

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Transaction Analysis: Yovani Comin'
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Matthew Trueblood

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: Staying in Searage
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Daniel Rathman

02-02

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Prospectus Feature: The Legal Dispute That's Costing the Nats Millions Won't End
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Samuel Mann

01-18

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Transaction Analysis: Restocking the Orange Crush
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Bryan Grosnick and George Bissell

01-18

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Rubbing Mud: Deferred Preferred
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Matthew Trueblood

01-14

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Wei-Yin Chen
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Doug Thorburn

12-17

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Pitching Backward: The Rise of the LiRPA
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Jeff Long

12-07

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An Agent's Take: The Good Part of Being Traded
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Joshua Kusnick

12-07

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Rubbing Mud: Opposite Ways on the B-W Parkway
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Matthew Trueblood

12-04

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BP Unfiltered: 'It's nearly useless'
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Jeff Long

12-03

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Players Prefer Presentation: Longing for FanFests
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Meg Rowley

12-01

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Pitching Backward: The Bundy Conundrum
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Jeff Long

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: What a Lovely O'Day
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Daniel Rathman

11-19

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Baseball Therapy: What Should the QO Number Be?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-13

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Ducks on the Pond: The Baltimore Hack
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Chris Mosch

09-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Young Birds Taking Wing
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Kevin Goldstein

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: All's Well That Ends Wel
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

05-14

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Release Points: We've Been Getting Cutters All Wrong
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Dan Rozenson

05-06

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What You Need to Know: No Way
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Daniel Rathman

04-30

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What You Need to Know: Silence!
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Daniel Rathman

04-20

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Rubbing Mud: So You Want to Trade Your Draft Pick
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Matthew Trueblood

04-13

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Transaction Analysis: Sounds the Knuckleballer Alert
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R.J. Anderson

03-26

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Every Team's Moneyball: Baltimore Orioles: Unearth
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Jeff Long

03-25

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Painting the Black: Getting Personal
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R.J. Anderson

03-18

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Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat
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Daniel Rathman

03-06

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Transaction Analysis: All the Reliever News That's Fit to Print
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R.J. Anderson

02-20

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Transaction Analysis: Happily Everth After
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R.J. Anderson

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Dylan Bundy's back! How long will this excellent story last?

On Aug. 1, 2012, an Orioles front office executive with a BP subscription would have seen two Baltimore prospects in the top five on Kevin Goldstein’s midseason top 50. Manny Machado was fifth. Dylan Bundy was third. It was a good time to be Baltimore, especially after Machado debuted a week later, and Bundy six weeks after that.

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The Orioles and Steve Pearce keep bumping into each other, often quite successfully.



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Wade Miley is a below-average starter having a career-worst year, but when you're Baltimore that makes him a no. 3.

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Notable pitching performances this week from Chris Archer, Chris Tillman and Mike Leake.

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Every year the Orioles win and every year it's classified as a surprise, but maybe it shouldn't be.

One could make the argument that, nearing the halfway mark of the 2016 season, there are only two major (positive) surprise teams in baseball: the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers aren’t even that surprising; they’re having the kind of breakout season that makes the skepticism difficult to remember. The team is sequencing its runs like a crooked dealer, their touted young players like Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar are ready ahead of schedule, and the pitching staff ... okay, the pitching staff still doesn’t make any sense. But it wasn’t hard to conceive of a good Texas Rangers team, even if many experts chose not to.

Not so the Orioles. After leaping out of the gate with a seven-game winning streak, the club has since held at an 87-win pace, and enjoys one of the best records in baseball. Despite PECOTA treating them as a sub-.500 team going forward, their banked victories still give them a coin flip’s toss at the playoffs. Real or fake, they can’t be dismissed.

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'I always chuckle when I hear someone say, 'We're on a five-year plan.' Look out. Somebody's just trying to cover their ass. We're on today.'

Buck Showalter was 28 years old when he got his first managerial gig in professional baseball, with the short-season Oneonta Yankees of the New York-Penn League in 1985. It took him just seven years to take over at the major-league level in New York, and he's now managed parts of 18 big-league seasons.

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A year ago today, Francisco Lindor was recalled. Since (roughly) that day, the position has gone from a dead spot to historically great.

Eleven months ago Alcides Escobar was voted into the All-Star game as the AL’s starting shortstop. Escobar is an oft-praised defender with plus speed on a Royals team that was coming off a World Series loss and headed for a World Series win, but he also ended the first half with a modest .699 OPS and finished the season with a .614 OPS that nearly matched his .636 career mark through age 28. Alcides Escobar, All-Star starting shortstop just seemed a little lofty.

Royals fans stuffed the ballot box so much that second baseman Omar Infante and his .555 OPS nearly got voted into the game as well, but in Escobar’s case the story wasn’t so much about an undeserved selection as no other AL shortstops standing out as clearly deserving. In other words, don’t blame Escobar or Royals fans for his being in the starting lineup alongside the biggest stars in the league. None of the AL shortstops had an OPS above .750 at the All-Star break. The chosen backup was light-hitting Jose Iglesias, another glove-first player whose career OPS is .680.

Eleven months later, the AL’s shortstop landscape has changed so dramatically that the position as a whole has a higher collective OPS (.709) than Escobar had at the time of the All-Star break last year (.699) and Escobar has been the worst-hitting shortstop in the entire league. Xander Bogaerts is hitting .359/.405/.527 for the Red Sox. Manny Machado, who shifted from third base to shortstop following J.J. Hardy’s foot injury, is hitting .308/.376/.600 for the Orioles. Francisco Lindor, who made his debut exactly one year ago today, is hitting .304/.360/.450 for the Indians. Carlos Correa, the reigning Rookie of the Year, is hitting .256/.351/.423 for the Astros.

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Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura take swings, Adam Duvall takes bigger swings, and Julio Urias finally does okay.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Trying to come up with a lede for a section about Tuesday night’s fracas between Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura is like trying to herd angry wolverines. Any attempt at humor will fall flat. What’s important is that what happened in Baltimore was stupid. Flat-out stupid.


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James Loney fills in for Lucas Duda, Brian Duensing bounces to another home, and Woj gets a new job.

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Tim Lincecum finds a home for his comeback, Blake Swihart rejoins the Red Sox as an outfielder, and the Braves buy a draft pick.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same, except for when they change.

We’re basically a quarter of the way through the season. About 60 percent of the league will have played at least 40 games by the time you read this. This early landmark of the season has a funny way of sneaking up on us, because of the disruptions in the early-season schedule—extra off days, rainouts, and so on—and because of the distractions that keep baseball off the front page of the sports section until summer: the NFL Draft, the NBA and NHL playoffs, etc. We spend so much time (rightfully, by the way) reminding ourselves that it’s early that we eventually risk doing so even when it’s no longer so.

I’m not sure we’re there yet. I’m not sure it’s not still early. Rather than revisit this in two weeks and find I missed the crossing of the Rubicon, though, I figure it’s worth taking stock of what’s changed so far. To do so, let’s examine the 10 teams whose Playoff Odds have moved 12 percentage points or more since the season began. This is an imperfect way of deciding how much has changed, of course. It embraces both PECOTA’s initial estimation of each team’s true talent level, and the system’s rate of change—the way it incorporates new information without giving up the value added by maintaining a long memory and healthy skepticism about relatively small samples. Still, it’s something, so let’s test out the relationship between our intuitions and PECOTA’s projections.

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Memo to Price: Slide away, and give it all you've got. That and other standout arms from week five, including Felix Hernandez and Kevin Gausman.

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